What are your Opening times?

We are open Monday – Friday 51 weeks of the year from 8am – 6pm excluding bank holidays, Christmas and staff training days. For a small extra charge we offer an early drop off service from 7.30am when booked by prior arrangement

What happens at the settling in sessions?

We consider the settling in period to be extremely important at Buckingham Montessori School. This time can be upsetting for both the child and the parent. Children settle into nursery in lots of different ways. Below is a rough guideline to the stages most children go through when settling-in.

Day 1 – Parent/carer and child spend 1 hour together in the nursery.

Day 2 – Parent/carer and child spend 2 hours in the nursery. The parent will leave after 1 hour but stay in the building (e.g. in reception).

Day 3 – Parent/care leaves the child with the key worker for the first session.

What do I need to bring to Buckingham Montessori School each day?

Please bring the following in the nursery bag provided:

Nappies, baby wipes, sun cream

A warm coat and hat in winter

Indoor shoes

Wellies (if applicable)

A sun hat during warmer months

A dummy or favourite teddy they would have at home to go to sleep with (if applicable)

how long will it take my child to settle into nursery?

Every child is different, but all children are treated with the same personal care and attention to help them settle quickly. Some children settle in straight away, others take a few days and very few can take longer. It’s reassuring that all children we care for have settled happily with us and continue to greet staff with smiles and hugs as they come in the door. Settling at nursery is often more worrying for parents than children, so we aim to make your experience just as stress-free by giving you lots of opportunity to play with your child in nursery and ask lots of questions before you leave them with us.

How often will my child go outside?

At Buckingham Montessori your child has free access to use our lovely garden as he or she wishes. All areas are staffed at all times

Will my child go on outings?

At Buckingham Montessori we pride ourselves in enriching the little ones with as much knowledge and exposure to different things. We take the older children (3-5 year olds) to Museums, galleries, and farms. We also take our children to the local park on a weekly basis.

What curriculum do you follow?

At Buckingham Montessori School, we integrate Montessori and the The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum.

What happens if I am late collecting my child or have been unable to get to the nursery before the nursery closes?

In the event that you do not collect your child from the nursery at the agreed time, and no contact has been made with the nursery to inform them of the alternative arrangements for collection, every attempt will be made to contact you. If we are unsuccessful we will contact your nominated emergency contact and request that they collect your child. The nursery will remain open to allow time for the contact person to arrive. Late collection is charged at £1 per minute after a 5 minute grace period.

What happens if my child has an accident at nursery?

As children develop physically, particularly in their early walking stages, accidents can occasionally happen. In this event the nursery has several staff trained in Paediatric First Aid on site at all times. If your child has had an accident at nursery you will be informed upon collection of your child and asked to sign an accident form. In the event of a bump to the head you will be informed by telephone. Your child will be monitored and in most cases will be able to continue with their day at nursery. In the event of a bump to the head causing concern you will be asked to collect your child and a visit to your GP will be recommended. You will be given a copy of the accident form and a head injury advice form. Should your child have an accident whilst at nursery which requires further medical support you will be contacted immediately and the necessary action will be taken. In extreme cases this could involve calling for the support of a paramedic. If your child has had an accident at home which has resulted in a physical injury, no matter how small, we request that you inform the staff so this can be documented and is not mistaken for an accident at the nursery.

How long should I keep my child away from nursery if they are unwell?

Parents are always best placed to decide if a child is not well enough to attend nursery. Common colds and coughs are not a problem, apart from if the child has a high temperature with it, in which case they should stay at home until the temperature goes down without medication. There is a full list of potential illnesses and the amount of time children should be kept away from nursery, but the most common are as follows.

Diarrhoea or vomiting – 48 hours or until toileting returns to normal

Temperature above 38 degrees – 24 hours or until temperature returns to normal without the need for medication.

Conguntivitus – 24 hours after drops have been administered

What if my child requires medication?

If your child is on medication we are happy to administer any prescription medication at nursery on the condition that your child appears well enough to attend. All medicines brought into the nursery will need to be recorded on the nursery medication form and we will require your signature to authorise its administration. Any medication brought into the nursery must be in its original container and labelled with your child’s full name, the dosage required and the date it was prescribed. Any medication that does not meet these criteria and is not prescribed by a General Practitioner will not be administered. Nursery staff are not able to administer the first dose of medication, therefore any child requiring medication must have had the first dose a minimum of 24 hours prior to coming into nursery. Managers are able to use their discretion where they are aware that a child has been given the same course of medication in the past. We are able to administer long term medication such as an inhaler. The nursery retains its own supply of temperature control medication (Calpol) and will administer this in the event that a child’s temperature suddenly rises. We can only administer this if we have prior signed authorisation from you to do so (this will be in the initial information pack that you will complete when your child starts at the nursery) and you will be contacted via telephone prior to medication being given. External medications such as eczema creams can be applied with your written consent. In all cases if a child is deemed unwell you will be asked to keep them at home until they are in general good health

Will my child be able to sleep during the day?

Many children, particularly under the age of 3 years, will require a sleep during the day. The nursery has ample sleeping facilities and children are offered a rest period during the day, usually after lunch if they attend for the whole day. Young babies will follow their own home routine for sleep times as discussed with you. We will at all times try and encourage your child’s natural routine, however as they get older children tend to fit into routines according to the group. We are happy to offer your child a sleep time but we cannot make children sleep. Children who do not sleep will be provided with other restful activities to occupy them. Sometimes when a child hasn’t had their sleep they start to become tired towards the end of the nursery day, staff are not able to keep children awake if they are tired and will allow them to sleep if they need to.

Do you cook your own food?

Yes, all our healthy meals are freshly cooked on the premises by our qualified nursery cook, Nadia and Husna using fresh fruit and vegetables wherever possible, and keeping processed foods to a minimum. We offer vegetarian options as well as halal. Full details are available on our Nutrition page.

Do you charge for bank holidays?

We open 51 weeks per year only closing for bank holidays and Christmas week until after New Years Day. Bank holidays up until Christmas week are charged as normal.

How will my child be kept safe?

Buckingham Montessori School ensures your child’s safety within all our operations, procedures and activities. One of our main objectives is to provide a safe, secure and happy environment; so we make no compromise when it comes to securing your child’s safety whilst they are in our care. We have CCTV cameras in operation 24/7 to ensure the highest possible security for the children, parents and staff. We set extremely high standards with children being supervised at all times by caring, experienced and fully trained staff inside and outside the nursery rooms. Keeping children safe relies on safe premises, safe people and safe policies and practice. Please read the http://goodveilhunting.com/safeguarding-welfare-requirements/ page for more information.

Safeguarding children policy

As childcare professionals, we have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The nursery has trained members of staff who are responsible for the implementation of our safeguarding policies and procedures. In extreme circumstances, if we deem a child to be at risk, we are duty bound to contact the local Children’s Safeguarding Board to raise our concern without seeking consultation or permission from the child’s parent. All staff in the nursery are aware of their duties regarding child protection matters and have regular training in our safeguarding policies and procedures. To ensure our own staff are suitable to care for children they undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to being given unsupervised access to children. These checks are updated every three years. In addition to this a member of staff will not commence employment at our nursery until two suitable written references have been obtained.

Who are Ofsted and what do they do?

The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) is the governing body who set the standards for care and education for all children’s day care settings including schools and nurseries. Our most recent Ofsted report awarded us a GOOD grading with 4 GOOD judgements. It is available for you to read here: https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/EY473633

How are the fees paid?

Buckingham Montessori School requires the fee of £250 to be payable upon registration. Families will be invoiced on the 28th of the month and payment must be received and cleared by the 15th of each month in advance. We request families to set up a monthly Standing order/bank transfer. Please note that all sessions must be paid for, regardless of whether the child attends. Unfortunately refunds cannot be given for sessions missed due to sickness or holidays. Full details and prices are available on our fees page.